When South Park first premiered more than 20 years ago, it focused solely on four young boys cursing their way through life. While the secondary characters were interesting, they were, ultimately, secondary, having a few shining moments here and there but ultimately standing far from the spotlight. However, as the show's progressed and the characters have started to come into their own, one secondary character has grown into one of the funniest comedic voices in the entire series: Randy Marsh (AKA Stan's dad). The best Randy Marsh episodes feature him in some of the most ridiculous of scenarios, from buying a dilapidated Blockbuster Video to starting his own erotic school cafeteria cooking show and more.
Randy Marsh has become a comedic tour de force, and it appears the show is being centered more and more around him (if the newer seasons are any indication). Sure, episodes with Cartman and Butters taking center stage are always fun, but there's something about Randy's personality that often makes for the best comedic moments. Most Randy-centric episodes are ridiculous in nature, but they’re also a window into why he acts the way he does. From epic one-liners to absolutely surreal plots (like discovering Randy is actually the pop singer Lorde), there have been some seriously funny Randy Marsh episodes over the years. Which ones are your favorite?
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As the boys' little league baseball team progresses throughout the season (much to their dismay), Randy starts picking fights with fathers of the opposing teams. "The Losing Edge" might be Randy Marsh's magnum opus in the world of South Park: the farther the team goes on to play in various championships, the tougher the fights get for Randy. It all comes to a head when Randy has to face off against "Bat-Dad" during the boys' state championship game.
The reason this is such a great Randy episode is due to how seriously he takes his role as the dad who gets into fights. Fighting other fathers isn't just something Randy does during little league games; in Randy's mind, it's something he has to do for his son, for the team, and for the town of South Park.
Funniest line: "I'm not allowed to stand up for myself?! I thought this was America! Huh?! Isn't this America?! I'm sorry, I thought this was America!
8010A great episode?
- Original Airing: Apr 06 2005
- Season: South Park - Season 9
- Episode Number: 5
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When discovering that he can take advantage of the new weed dispensaries without a prescription from a doctor, Randy does whatever he can to give himself cancer in order to secure a doctor's note. South Park being the show it is, of course, doesn't give Randy a regular form of cancer. No, Randy gets cancer by sticking his testicles into a microwave and making said testicles grow incredibly large.
"Medicinal Fried Chicken" shows that Randy Marsh is nothing if not creative. Eventually, Randy's testicular cancer grows at such a rapid rate that he can no longer enter the dispensary and purchase cannabis due to high enlarged his testicles have become. While it's doubtful whether Randy ever actually learned anything from his actions in the episode, at least we got to see him ride his gonads down the street like a hoppity-hop, which is easily one of the funniest sight gags in the show's history.
Funniest line: "Just gonna get a little bit of cancer, Stan. Tell Mom it's okay.
605A great episode?
- Original Airing: Mar 31 2010
- Season: South Park - Season 14
- Episode Number: 3
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After saying a racial slur on a live game show, Randy sets out to make things right by, among other things, setting up the Randy Marsh African American Scholarship Foundation. Randy's reaction to how people view him is both hilarious and ridiculous as he now feels that he has become a victim of the racial slur and moves to have the slur be illegal. Randy rarely gets to be a minority in a situation and he hilariously jumps at any chance to be one. This episode is the epitome of that running character trait of Randy's.
Randy knows he caused pain by saying the racial slur, but now foolishly believes he feels the same pain since he's now known as a guy who has used the slur. Randy's spoken word poetry scene is a good example of Randy not being able to comprehend that he isn't a victim in this situation (which he put himself in) and that his pleas for everyone to understand his plight falls on confused and deaf ears.
Funniest line: "Words with venom, words that bind. Words used like weapons to cloud my mind. I'm a person. I'm a man. But no matter how I try, people just say "Hey! There's that 'n***er' guy.'
6511A great episode?
- Original Airing: Mar 07 2007
- Season: South Park - Season 11
- Episode Number: 1
Creme FraichePhoto: Comedy Central
Randy's love for the Food Network is ruining his family's life as his borderline obsessive nature takes a more erotic turn. Randy's wife, Sharon, is so offended by his awkward new habit that has to look elsewhere for that kind of attention (enter the Shake-Weight). Meanwhile, Stan is shocked and embarrassed to find out that Randy's newfound love of cooking leads to him becoming the new school cafeteria chef.
Randy Marsh's obsessive nature shines brightly in "Crème Fraîche", making it one of the funniest episodes in the entire series. What also makes this episode stand out is the fact that almost every major character has their own hilarious subplot, all while somehow relating to Randy's ridiculousness.
Funniest line: "Crème fraîche, Cafeteria Fraîche. Lalalalala fraîche. Ho ho hohoho."
Original Airing: Nov 17, 2010
Season: South Park- Season 14
Episode Number: 145411A great episode?